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Conor McGregor says he will make more than $100 million in Floyd Mayweather fight

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If Conor McGregor is to be believed, the purse estimates thrown out by Dana White for a Floyd Mayweather vs. McGregor mega-fight were a tad conservative.

White predicted Wednesday on The Herd that McGregor could earn $75 million for the potential blockbuster bout while Mayweather could $100 million, depending on pay-per-view sales. The figures were the first major indication of the financial implications of a Mayweather-McGregor contest from the UFC President since the bout shifted from a pipe dream to an actual possibility, but according to McGregor, White was actually underselling things a bit.

“Happy Thursday everyone,” McGregor wrote on Instagram. “How's that 75milli make your stomach feel? It's actually 100+ milli if we go by the non conservative numbers the fight will actually do, and that's not including my endorsements and business ventures. 28 years of age. Fresh c*nt. Doubt me now.”

White said Wednesday that he expected to finish negotiations with McGregor on the fight “in the next couple of days.” He then planned to sit down with longtime Mayweather partner Al Haymon to hammer out the details with Team Mayweather.

“I haven’t gotten into a room with Team Mayweather yet, and who knows,” White said. “The Conor side, we’re good on the Conor side. I need to figure out the Mayweather side, and maybe it can’t be (figured out). Maybe the other side can’t be done, but we’ll see. I promised Conor I’d do everything I could to make this thing happen, so that’s what I’m going to do.”

Much is left to figure out regarding the potential contest, including a date and venue, but White conceded that it would be a boxing match under boxing rules with boxing officials, as expected. Considering that McGregor and Mayweather are the two highest earners in the history of their respective sports, it’s possible that the unlikely pairing could result in one of the biggest spectacles ever seen in combat sports, though that remains to be seen.

McGregor, 28, is currently the UFC lightweight champion. In 2016, he became the only simultaneous two-division champion in UFC history while headlining three of the five highest-selling pay-per-views ever staged in mixed martial arts. Mayweather, 40, is a formerly retired prizefighter who is considered one of the greatest defensive fighters of his era. The 49-0 boxer holds the all-time pay-per-view record for his 2015 contest against Manny Pacquiao, which sold an estimated 4.6 million buys.

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